Earlier in the year we went to Lake Garda in Italy for our friends’ wedding. It was a brilliant holiday full of laughter, food and drink, and the area itself is absolutely stunning (dedicated post about it to follow).
While we were out there, as well as making the most of the incredible local pizza’s and pasta dishes, I also decided to branch out from my usual tipple and try some of the more localised wines.
My go-to whenever I’m in the mood for a bevvie is Sauvignon Blanc – preferably from Chile, otherwise New Zealand is a close second. However, being in Italy (the largest wine producer of last year) I thought it only right that I step out of my comfort zone and see what the country had to offer.
In the majority of places we went to, Prosecco was a lot cheaper than wine, and quite often when you asked for a white wine it was a Prosecco that came back to you – I’m not sure if that was a language barrier thing or if Prosecco is their standard when ordering a generic white, however, I did succeed in ordering a white wine as we know it a few times and they have some really nice ones! In comparison to the Chilean or New Zealand products I’m used to, I found the Italian ones to feel a little bit heavier but to be richer in flavour and quite fruity – not a bad thing!
Since we’ve returned from Italy, I have branched out slightly from my standard and have ordered different wines a few times when we’ve been out for dinner, or picked up a cold bottle of something from the fridge in the supermarket to try when I would usually not have wanted to risk it for fear of not liking it.
A few weeks back, courtesy of 31 Dover, I sampled the Lunate Fiano, a product of Sicily and I was very pleasantly surprised. With a more golden colour to it than my usual tipples this wine is made from a fairly under-used and unknown grape variety and has a very slight ‘spritz’ type feeling when in the mouth, making it perfect for drinking in the summer sunshine.
I’m definitely going to be experimenting more with the type of wines I drink from now on – in fact, visiting a vineyard is one of the items on my 33 Before 33 list as I’d like to try and learn more about wine!
Keeping in the spirit of Italy, I’ve also got a bottle of Pococello Limoncello which I’m saving for when the Italian holiday gang get together next weekend – cracking it open in the sunshine and reminiscing about a brilliant week together sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend a few hours to me!
Are you a white wine drinker or is your tipple of choice something else entirely?
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